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Thorn Point (LO)


Location: Ventura County, about 20 miles southwest of Frazier Park, 90 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubVentura County, Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceLos Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS ToposLion Canyon 7½, Lockwood Valley 7½, Topatopa Mountains 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
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 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Lockwood Peak, San Guillermo Mountain, San Rafael Peak

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail (see note below regarding trailhead access since 2019)
Gain: 2000'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1974


  • Take I-5 north past Gorman to the Frazier Park turnoff.
  • Go west on Frazier Park Mountain Road for 7 miles to the signed junction with the Lockwood Valley Road. Turn left.
  • Go 10.5 miles on the Lockwood Valley Road to the Mutau Road (7N03) on the left with a sign "Pine Springs CG". Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.5 miles, pavement ends.
  • At 2.1 miles, Piano Box Road on the left. This is the turnoff for Lockwood Peak. Keep straight.
  • At 2.5 miles, another junction with Piano Box Road on the left. (This turn also leads to the Lockwood Peak trailhead). Keep straight.
  • At 2.7 miles, fork with 7N03A on the right. This is the turnoff for San Guillermo Mountain. Keep straight.
  • At 7.4 miles, stream crossing.
  • At 7.5 miles, fork to the left (east). This is the turnoff for San Rafael Peak. Stay right on 7N03B.
  • At 8.4 miles, two more stream crossings just before Thorn Meadow Campground.
  • At 9.1 miles, Thorn Meadow Campground. Park here. Ample parking.

Note: During the winter of 2018, the road was washed out at approximately 8.1 miles/elevation 4900'. This makes the hike approximately 10 miles and 2200' gain. The Forest Service indicates this will be repaired because it accesses a campground. Repairs were not scheduled as of June 2020.

Sometimes the next to the last stream crossing near the campground is too deep for vehicles to cross safely. In this case, parking at the crossing and walking to the trailhead is recommended. This will add about 1.4 miles round trip and 100' of gain to the hike.


  • The trail starts at the fence on the west side of the parking area (5000') adjacent to the campsite with a lone Jeffery pine tree. Follow the trail across two small ravines to reach a second fence where the trail goes up to the left just before a canyon.
  • Turn left and follow this trail up a shallow canyon for about a mile.
  • It then ascends a ridge via switchbacks and goes west along the ridge to the lookout tower on the summit. The register is on a rock 30 yards east of the tower.


The dirt roads are seasonal. The gate at Mutau Road is often closed in winter. The last mile of dirt road is very rough and the stream crossings can be deep, so high clearance may be required. The peak is in the Sespe Wilderness. No permit is required at this time.

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